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Following a heart-healthy lifestyle is important, whether you have a heart condition or not.

Keeping tabs on your health with apps that track heart rate, blood pressure, fitness, and endurance can reveal a lot about the efficacy of medications, lifestyle adjustments, and other treatments. Tracking your metrics is also a great way to have more productive and accurate conversations with your healthcare team.

Here are our top heart disease apps for the year.

A medical professional is better than an app

While the following apps can be helpful, the care of a medical professional is preferred. Apps may not always be reliable and could miss important health indicators or warning signs. Apps are also not always reviewed by the FDA or Professional Societies. Please talk to a medical professional before using these apps, and do not use these apps as substitutes for professional, medical advice.

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.2 stars

Price: $1.99 for iPhone; free for Android, both with in-app purchases

The Instant Heart Rate app turns your phone’s camera lens into a heart-rate monitor that displays a reading in less than 10 seconds. Its accuracy makes this tool a trusted favorite with researchers and cardiologists.

Sit and take the simple test to read your heart rate and create a pulse waveform graph, or take the app’s StandUp test to measure fatigue and fitness. The app records your beats-per-minute and has a note space to track what you were doing at the time of the test.

iPhone rating: 4.8 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

You may not always be in the right place to get fast help when cardiac problems arise. This app connects you with CPR-trained community members ready to act in a cardiac (or other) emergency, sometimes minutes before responding units.

A professional is best

It’s best that a professional perform CPR if possible, as the quality of CPR matters.

The app uses your GPS to notify people in the surrounding area who can respond quickly and put their life-saving skills to use before EMS arrives. The app guides responders and also offers directions to the nearest automated external defibrillator.

Beyond the “CPR needed” notification, the app can tip you off to other emergencies and events nearby, with advantages such as keeping you and your family safe and avoiding morning commute traffic.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

The blood pressure cuff at the pharmacy was a lot of fun as a kid, but having an on-hand blood pressure monitor is much more convenient. This app lets you track your vital signs and manually record them alongside other details, such as your medications, to create a limitless lifetime visualization of your trends.

Use the charts to help you understand how aspects of your health and care plan interact. Your data can sync across your devices and export to email, so you can keep your healthcare team and loved ones in the loop.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Cardiio is a heart fitness app that features pulse-reader technology to measure your heart rate via your fingertips. Using the camera on the back of your smartphone, your phone’s camera light reads your pulse.

The Cardiio app is a great way to glean insights about your resting heart rate, heart rate performance over time, and endurance. What’s more, the app offers an interval training circuit that you can follow with your doctor’s approval to help improve your numbers and aerobic ability.

iPhone rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free

The Blood Pressure Companion app is good for exactly what its name intends — to be a good friend to you, by keeping track of your blood pressure and other measurements and noting any issues that may need you to take action.

Track your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight along a histogram showing the trend of your readings over time, and easily export your detailed data so that you can share it with your healthcare provider.

Android rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free

For heart-conscious employees with employer-sponsored benefits, Hello Heart is a HIPPA-compliant app that sends you daily reports about your blood pressure and BMI, plus medication reminders. To get started, check with your employer or doctor to see about getting a code.

From there, you sign in and input your blood pressure each day, which gives you the opportunity to view fluctuations on a weekly timetable and make health choices around those metrics.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

Qardio is an award-winning heart health tracking app that gives you detailed, accurate information about your heart rate, blood pressure, and other cardiovascular health metrics. Visual feedback, combined with other health metrics such as your weight and body composition of fat and muscle, gives you the big picture of your heart health beyond the numbers.

This app works with any Qardio device for quick, easy-to-read data that’s also easy to export and share with your doctor or family members. You can also pair this app with an Apple Watch to make your heart health tracking and sharing even easier.

Android rating: 3.5 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

FibriCheck is a simple, straightforward app meant to give you the same level of detail as an echocardiogram (ECG), letting you know quickly after a one-minute reading whether your heart rhythm is irregular. American patients can speak to their doctor about getting prior approval to use the app. FibriCheck is certified by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), so you can feel confident that this app is equipped to help save your life if you need emergency care.

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: Free

This deceptively simple app uses a directed, intense light to measure your heart rate, without requiring any additional devices or monitors, to give you an accurate reading of your heart rhythm. It provides readings that let you know immediately what your risk level is (Normal, Caution, or Danger) so that you can make the decision to seek medical help in case you’re experiencing a dangerous arrhythmia, AFib, or other cardiac episode.

Android rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

This easy-to-use app provides a long-term calendar to keep track of your blood pressure over time. Unlike other apps, Blood Pressure Trackers does not measure heart rate, but helps you monitor your levels for a big picture look at your health.

Look at both your systolic and diastolic readings along with your pulse and weight so that you can give your doctor the whole short-term and long-term picture of your heart health on demand. You can also export your data in common forms like Excel or PDF for easy sharing and reading.

If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.